Saturday, June 11, 2011

At least 23 people die in Syria protest harsh repression

.- At least 23 people were killed in different provinces of Syria for the harsh suppression of the demonstrations that took place over a Friday around the country to demand the fall of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to an NGO. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on its website that ten people died in Idleb province in the northwest of the country, nine in the coastal region of Latakia, also in the northwest, two in the neighborhood of Al Qabun in Damascus and two in Basra to Hariri, in the south.

Tens of thousands of Syrians took part today in demonstrations under the slogan "Friday of the Clans" which coincided with the military assault on the village of Jisr al Shugur in Idleb province after the army accused groups armed terrorists kill last 6 to 120 people, mostly military, and to take control of the area.

The military offensive has forced at least three thousand Syrians to leave the border area with Turkey and take refuge in the neighboring country. According to several web sites of opposition groups, tens of thousands of protesters have chanted today cries like "Go, go" and "The people want the fall of the regime" in cities like Qamishly, in the northeast, Deir al Zor, on the east, Aleppo and Latakia in northwestern Idleb, Hama and Homs, in central or southern Deraa, among others.

Since protests began in mid-March, the Assad regime has tried unsuccessfully to silence by force and the adoption of various policy measures. According to the Observatory Sirio, so far 233 civilians and 333 thousand soldiers and policemen have died as a result of repression of the protests, which have intensified and spread throughout the country, and that the regime blamed terrorists and armed groups an international conspiracy.

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